Living in New England, I always try and take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Right now our grocery stores are full of pomegranates, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are best recognized on the Thanksgiving table, but they should be enjoyed frequently!
Check out these sweet stats: (like what I did there?)
- The Center for Science rates sweet potatoes as the number one most nutritious vegetable because they such are so nutritionally rich.
- There are around 100 calories per cup.
- Their nutritional value increases when it is cooked.
- A cup of sweet potatoes contains 65% of the minimum necessary daily amount of Vitamin C and as much as 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A. They are also high in potassium, calcium, folate, and beta-carotene.
- They have a low glycemic index, which means they don;t spike your blood sugar like white potatoes.
- They are fat and cholesterol free.
I decided to bake my sweet potatoes (twice) as a nice side dish. However, I certainly could have just eaten one of these babies as a meal. They are so rich and filling due to their high fiber content.